Best of Boston

BEST Fried Clams

2011 BEST Fried Clams
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The Bite

Chilmark

The lines are long, the seating is sparse, and forget about finding a parking space at this Vineyard clam shack outside the fishing village of Menemsha. But trust us, it’ll all be worth it when you slurp up the bellies… read more»

2010 BEST Fried Clams
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Summer Shack

Cambridge

There’s not a lot of in-between with fried clams. They’re either great—or awful. Summer Shack’s whole Ipswich clams, though, are beyond excellent: fried to a deep gold, crunchy on the outside and tender within, and not an oily, mushy, or… read more»

2003 BEST Fried Clams

J. T. Farnham’s

Essex

Whole or sliced, and fried to a deep, golden brown, Farnham’s clams are soft and juicy on the inside, salty and even nutty on the outside. The homemade tartar sauce is just a happy bonus. read more»

1994 BEST Fried Clams

Woodman’s

Essex

It’s a hike for Bostonians, but the magnificent view of the Essex River estuary is easily worth the trip. Full bar, picnic tables inside and out. read more»

1984 BEST Fried Clams

Woodman’s

Essex

It was here that fried clams were born, on July 3, 1916. read more»

1983 BEST Fried Clams

The Clam Box

Quincy

The clams come from Ipswich, in case you were wondering. read more»